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The Pope and His Fiat are a Match Made in Heaven


Important people get to ride around in very special cars. The more important the person, the more exclusive the car. It’s not just a matter of picking a nice Land Rover because you’re the Queen of England.


VW Diesel Owners Should Expect Lower Highway MPG After Compliance


The expert leading the West Virginia University team that played a key role in exposing Volkswagen’s emissions cheating says the main change owners will see is reduced MPG. 


Can Car Talk Help Cheryl Get Some Sleep?


Cheryl suspects that one of her neighbors has a malfunctioning car alarm. Every night it beeps about six times and wakes her and her husband up. Can Car Talk solve the mystery of the midnight beeping?


VW TDI: History Shows Automakers How Not to React to Crisis


The Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel crisis is just 96 hours old, but the venerable auto manufacturer is facing some serious truths right now, as the board meets in Germany today. Other automakers have faced reputation-shattering crises before, and each provides a lesson for VW’s future.



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